Lil’ Wayne Hits It Big on the Charts

June 16, 2008

Lil’ Wayne’s newest album topped the charts with over 400,000 sold in the first day alone.

Lil’ Wayne has an eye on the charts. The first day he put out his newest album, 423,000 copies were sold, putting him right up at the top in the No. 1 spot. The rapper is also on track to have the largest sales week of the year, reported the BBC.

The record for most sales is 463,000 copies held by Mariah Carey with the release of her E=MC2 album in April. Wayne’s release, Tha Carter 3, is his sixth album currently, and his newest single, “Lollipop,” has been at No. 1 for the past five weeks, according to the BBC.

This single also made it over to the U.K. where he is best known for his cameo with Destiny’s Child in “Soldier.” The figures for his album are based off of nine of America’s biggest music retailers which include Best Buy, Borders and iTunes.

Others that were able to make it to the album chart are Viva La Vida, by Coldplay, N.E.R.D.’s Seeing Sounds, and Flavors of Entanglement, Alanis Morissette’s newest album, reported the BBC.

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Annual Mixtape Awards, David Banner honors Steve Rifkind

December 8, 2006

Steve Rifkind, who heads up SRC Records, was honored yesterday (Dec. 6) by the 10th Annual Mixtape Awards for his lifetime achievements in the music industry as an executive.

The luncheon was held in Harlem, New York at Ginger’s restaurant and boasted attendance by such rap luminaries as Irv Gotti of The Inc., David Banner, representatives for Akon and others.

The event was a pre-Mixtape Awards luncheon with an intimate group of insiders, well-wishers and friends of the music mogul.

“Regardless of any difference me and Steve ever had, I don’t think that I would be the type of person or the type of star that I am without Steve. A lot of people didn’t believe in the South,” David Banner told AllHipHop.com.

Banner was Rifkind’s first signee to SRC.

“Its easy to jump on the South now, but Steve was 100% behind me, because nobody believed in him. With him coming from the Loud [Records] situation, we both had something to prove,” Banner said.

A representative for singer Akon echoed similar sentiment stating that Rifkind took a chance with the little-known Senegalese-born crooner.

Rifkind’s Loud Records broke popular acts like Mobb Deep, Big Pun and Wu Tang Clan in the 90’s before folding in 2002.

He would go on to found Street Records Corporation [SRC], which houses David Banner, Akon and Remy Ma.

Rifkind stated that the honor had a particular distinction for him, coming from the Justo Faison-founded Mixtape Awards.

“It means a lot. Justo was a really good friend,” Rifkind stated. “SRC is really close to the mixtape community.”

Justo Faison was tragically killed in a car crash in May of 2005 while traveling on the road in Richmond, Virginia.

During a speech to attendees, Rifkind alluded to a business arrangement with Irv Gotti, but refused to disclose any details later.

“We’re working on some things and that’s all I can say.”

Tonight (Dec. 7), The 10th Annual Justo Mixtape Awards will be held at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

The awards are hosted by DJ pioneer Red Alert and Rifkind will be officially given the Mixtape Top Executive and Lifetime Achievement Award in front of the entire audience.

For the 2006 awards, nominees include DJ Green Lantern, Clinton Sparks, Camilio and DJ Drama, The Game, Chamillionaire, Young Jeezy, Young Buck and Papoose.


Lil’ Wayne beef with Jay-Z

December 6, 2006

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Lil’ Wayne is taking shots at everyone, including Jay-Z, Young Buck, The Clipse and Pharrell Williams in Complex magazine’s new December/January issue.

The self-proclaimed “best rapper alive since the best rapper retired” apparently has revised his position. During an interview with Complex, Weezy revealed that he now feels he’s second to none on the mic.

I don’t like what he’s [Jay-Z] saying about how he had to come back because hip-hop’s dead and we need him,” Weezy told Complex. “What the fuck do you mean? If anything it’s reborn, so he’s probably having a problem with that. You left on a good note, and all of the artists were saying, ‘Yo, this is Jay’s house. He’s the best.’ Now he comes back and still thinks it’s his house. But we fucked bitches in your bed already. It’s not your house anymore and I’m better than you.

Weezy F. Baby also took advantage of this interview to respond to Buck’s recent comments:

I don’t give a fuck about what he thinks or said,” Wayne declared. “I’m rich! I’m something to talk about. He should have been promoting his album. These niggas know where I’m from. I’m from the city of death, nigga. We kill niggas for nothing. That’s why they’re doing it on radio stations and interviews. Them niggas see me and shake my hand and tell me, ‘You the best, dog, keep doing that shit.’

Wayne also sounded off on The Clipse and their longtime producer Pharrell, belittling the group’s achievements and ridiculing the super producer’s taste in clothing. “I don’t see no fucking Clipse. This is a fucking legend you’re talking to right here. How many years them niggas been around? Who the fuck is Pharrell? Do you really respect him? That nigga wore BAPE and y’all thought he was weird. I wore it and y’all thought it was hot. What I gotta go in the store and say, ‘I like these colors but I can’t buy them because other rappers wore them?‘”

The December/January issue of Complex hits stands next Tuesday (December 12).


David Banner: National Black Caucus Award For Hurricane Katrina Efforts

December 4, 2006

 Mississippi’s own David Banner was recently honored with an award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislature (NBCSL) in his home state. Seems like hip hop rappers like Ludacris and David Banner turn to be very most social people after all 😉

According to repots by ABC affiliate WAPT, Banner was presented with the organization’s Visionary Award at a ceremony on Wednesday (November 29) in Jackson, MS for his contributions and efforts in helping to raise millions of dollars in relief funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The rapper was received by a standing ovation from the more than 200 high school students who attended the event.

Though Banner has long been a fixture in the charitable communities of his native state, he took time out in his passionate speech to address those who don’t see him as a role model because of the sometimes explicit lyrics found in his music.

“Regardless of what people say and what they do, I’m in the hood,” said Banner during his acceptance speech. “It hurts me because I hear all these people talking stuff about my lyrics but what you need to do is instead of thinking about the cursing, think about the something that I’m putting in my lyrics. Change our neighborhoods, but they don’t do that.”

He continued by saying, “All those people that say things about David Banner, where were you after Hurricane Katrina when I was handing out boxes? Where were you when I was passing out my own personal shoes? When I went to the coast the day after Katrina struck I was standing next to dead children floating in the water. Where were you? You wonder why we curse in our music, you wonder where the pain comes from, we are gangster because the establishment and neighborhoods we live in are gangster.”

Though the National Black Caucus or its branch in the state of Mississippi made it clear that they do not endorse the rapper’s lyrics or music, they do applaud his charitable efforts. Resiliently, Banner made it clear that he does not apologize for his choice of words and will no longer defend his music to anyone.

The NBCSL serves as a clearinghouse and network for African American legislators and their constituents and has provided the Black community with a vital platform for access, equity and empowerment for over 25 years.